South American Real Estate News
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IMF: Latin America’s economic slowdown continues

SOUTH AMERICA’S GROWTH IS SLOWING As the global recovery continues to struggle to gain its footing, growth in Latin America and the Caribbean has been marked down further and is likely to contract for the second consecutive year in 2016, the IMF said. The IMF’s latest Regional Economic Outlook for the Western Hemisphere, released on April 27 in Mexico City, projects that the region is set to contract by 0.5 percent in 2016— marking two consecutive years of negative growth for the first time since…

Life in Chile, in the top 7 for Puerto Varas

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The final report of the Anillos project, 2015, has granted to Life in Chile, in the top 7 for Puerto Varas. The study delivers the Quality Index of Urban Life (ICVU), of the Catholic University and the Chilean Chamber of Construction, both institutions of high repute. The ICVU evaluates the quality of life of a given population in Chile, considering factors influencing urban space, i.e. for civil society and private and public sectors in the place. The aforementioned study evaluated the quality of life of 85%…

The Future is here Now

Our children and grandchildren should read this and understand what will change as the future is here now. They must  keep their eyes open for opportunities and maybe leave law school before it is too late!! From Udo Gollub after the Singularity University Summit: This makes one think of the coming possibilities… In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide. Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt. What happened to Kodak will happen…

Chilean wines: Bad Season or Better Opportunity?

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Chilean Wines: The National Agricultural Society of Chile (SNA) issued a press release which expresses concern about the drop in production this year. The heavy rain that hit Chile caused a significant decline in the harvest. Patricio Crespo, current President of the SNA, said: “According to the data collected from our associates, this records an estimated drop in grape production of 30%, equivalent to about 400 million fewer litres of wine this fall season. This would imply a final production of wine…

Transpacific Business Digest – Business News Market Reports– May 2016

Transpacific Business Digest- Business News from Latin America The Manning Group kindly forwarded me their May  Edition of their new newsletter they are publishing which will be of interest to importers and exporters from and to Latin America. New Zealand’s leading Latin American business consultants, Manning Group Limited, is the publisher of ‘Transpacific Business Digest’ a free of charge, controlled-circulation electronic periodical in English, Spanish and Portuguese editions which contains market…

South American Real Estate is the foremost priority for US-based investors

South American Real Estate is back on the table for Investors   In an earlier presentation this year to existing clients and potential new South American real estate investors, Geoffrey McRae, CEO at Gateway to South America,  outlined his view on the then current situation in South American markets. He highlighted that foreign investors find themselves at the end of a 35 year cycle of falling interest rates. So what will come next? He commented that there are currently 7 trillion dollars invested globally…

Argentina’s Real Estate Market: Recovery Started

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Good news in Argentina’s real estate: the confirmation of investment in large projects, some already initiated. These include the construction of shopping centres, office buildings and homes. The real estate market was the first that collapsed with the crisis; today it is the first to react, which augurs well for the sector and the economy in general. The implementation of the changes in economic policy by the new government of Argentina, predictably, these days begins to complete the revival of the real…

Mendoza in Argentina is a wine region with barrels of potential

Mendoza in Argentina is a wine region with barrels of potential On the world stage, Argentina is perhaps best known for three things, all beginning with the letter “M”: Lionel Messi, the world’s best footballer; mismanagement – Argentina is unique in its radical reversal from the advanced economic development it apparently achieved in the early 20th century; and Malbec, the Bordeaux grape that is celebrated as Argentina’s most distinctive wine varietal. This report – the first in a series on Latin…

Argentinean Luxury Real Estate

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Estancias – Argentinean Luxury Real Estate In Argentinean luxury real estate, an “estancia” is a big area of land for raising cattle, traditionally hundreds of hectares. Almost always, a major water course serves as a barrier and prevents animals from invading the areas of agricultural land devoted to crops. Within these large ranches, the owners used to build very luxurious and distinct European style dwellings, “to feel at home”. They would bring in an architect and a landscape architect…

Deforestation in Chaco Paraguay

Deforestation in Chaco Paraguay Wildlife and the environment could be at risk as Mennonites and others  could turn Chaco forest into prairie-style farmlands. Is this true or just a scare tactic to keep others away? Hitler was said to have fled there, the Spanish conquistadors failed to penetrate it, and the only uncontacted tribe outside Amazonia lives within its borders. But now the vast Paraguayan wilderness of thorn trees, jaguars and snakes known as the Chaco is being transformed by a Christian fundamentalist…

Buenos Aires Property Price Review 2016

Buenos Aires Residential Sales Reviewed “Zona Prop”, the official index for specialising in website property search on the selling price and property dollars in Buenos Aires, issued a report called Buenos Aires Property Price Review 2016 that spotlighted the most sought after neighbourhoods and which of them offered the most affordable housing in Buenos Aires; identifying the differences in services and quality. As in other areas of the economy, Buenos Aires is a city that offers a wide range of opportunities…

Business News Market Reports and Video from Latin America & New Zealand

Business News from Latin America The Manning Group kindly forwarded me their latest Edition of their new newsletter Business News Market Reports  that they are publishing which will be of interest to importers and exporters from and to Latin America. New Zealand’s leading Latin American business consultants, Manning Group Limited, is the publisher of ‘Transpacific Business Digest’ a free of charge, controlled-circulation electronic periodical in English, Spanish and Portuguese editions which contains…

Grain exports booming in Argentina

Wheat sales climbed 105 percent higher while corn rose 84 percent in ‘atypical’ months Argentine farm exports rocketed 68 percent higher in the first quarter compared to the same 2015 period, thanks to new policies that prompted growers to sell stockpiles built up under the previous administration, the government said yesterday. The surge in shipments from the grains powerhouse will likely weigh on global food prices, which are near a seven-year low and expected to fall farther due to slowing growth in…

Trends in Argentina’s Economy

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Expectations and Trends in Argentina’s Economy Expectations and trends in Argentina’s economy have shown clear signs of improvement. Some commentators, perhaps pressured by the long wait, are expecting an extraordinary rebound. Such expectations are somewhat unrealistic, because most investments materialise and bear fruit in the medium term – over a year – both in agriculture in terms of export, and in the real estate industry. These unrealistic expectations can cause unnecessary concern…